Three Doña Ana County commissioners will share the stage with Sen. Mary Jane Garcia, Rep. William Boykin and former Rep. Smokey Blanton Saturday, March 29, 2003, as the community of Doña Ana celebrates completion of phase I of the Doña Ana Recreational Facility, located on the corner of Elks and Doña Ana School Road.
District 1 Commissioner Oscar Vásquez Butler, who resides in the community of Doña Ana, will be on hand, along with immediate past Commission Chairman D. Kent Evans and District 5 Commissioner Gilbert T. Apodaca. During his stint as chairman, Evans contributed heavily to the effort to launch the park, which will be in the newly revised District 4. The park is currently in the old District 5 represented by Apodaca, who also helped spearhead the project.
The official ribbon-cutting will take place at 10 a.m., but events get underway at 9 a.m. and will continue until 6 p.m. The event is designed for everyone, young and old, and all of the entertainment and events (except for the band) are youth.
The schedule of events is as follows: 9-10 a.m., Boys’ Youth Baseball Game; 10-10:40 a.m., National Anthem and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony, featuring Mariachi Espuelas de Plata and Ballet Folklorico; 11 a.m.-Noon, Big Foot Race Competition; Noon-1 p.m., Girls’ Youth Fast-Pitch Softball Game; 1-2 p.m., Big Foot Race Competition; 2-3 p.m., Girls’ Youth Fast-Pitch Softball Game; 3-4 p.m., Championship Big Foot Race Competition; and 4-6 p.m., live music and dancing.
North Side Dona Aña Police Athletic League Boxing also will be ongoing throughout the day at a site adjacent to the new basketball courts. Anyone interested in competing can contact Larry Clark at (505) 523-7151.
There also will be a 3-on-3 boys’ and girls’ basketball tournament with the following age brackets: 9-11, 12-14 and 15-18. There is a limit of six teams per age division. Anyone interested in entering may contact Isela Miramontes at (505) 571-7332 or (505) 524-1525.
The Big-Foot races (teams of 3) will be limited to 18 teams, and there is no age limit. Contestants will try to maneuver five-foot wooden “feet” across a designated race course. To enter, Irene Tapia-Hammond at (505) 522-6404 or (505) 644-7268.
There also will be a face-painting booth, an arts and crafts booth and a concession stand featuring hotdogs, soft drinks, nachos, pickles, sunflower seeds, sow-cones and other confections. With the exception of concession sales, all events and activities are free to the public.
For more information on the event, call Isela Miramontes at (505) 524-1525 during the evenings.